Comoros Population, People, Languages and Religions

By | January 21, 2022

Comoros Country Overview

Where is Comoros located? The Comoros, or the Union of Comoros are located in the Indian Ocean between Mozambique and Madagascar. The island nation gained its independence from France towards the end of the 20th century and has seen some unrest since then. Because of its proximity to Africa, Comoros is located on the time zone map in a time zone called “East Africa Time” (EAT). In this world time zone there is a time difference of 3 hours to the coordinated world time (UTC+3). In summer, a time change to daylight saving time is unusual.

Comoros National Flag

Population Distribution

As of 2023, the latest population of Comoros is 846,281, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).

Total population 846,281
Population growth rate 1.47%
Birth rate 26.10 births per 1,000 people
Life expectancy
Overall 63.12 years
Men 60.89 years
Women 65.41 years
Age structure
0-14 years 38.54%
15-64 years 57.48%
65 years and above 3.98%
Median age 19.40 years
Gender ratio (Male to Female) 0.94
Population density 378.65 residents per km²
Urbanization 35.00%
Njazidja 296.177, Nzwani 243.732, Mwali 35.751 – 97% Comorians
Muslims (Sunnis) 98%, Catholics (Roman Catholic) 2%
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.538
HDI ranking 156th out of 194

People in Comoros

Most of the residents of the Comoros live on the island of Nzwami, also called Anjouan. The Komorans – that’s the name of the people who live there – are mostly immigrants and come from all corners of the world, for example from India, Africa, the Arab region and Indonesia. Depending on which island you are on, the Arab or African influences are greater. The islands of Njazidja and Nzwami, for example, are more strongly influenced by the Islamic faith.

There is often little exchange between the residents of the islands. They mostly live in small villages right on the coast. People’s life is very simple.

A major problem in the Comoros is the lack of education. So many people there cannot read or write at all. Child mortality is high. There are many young people living on the islands.

Languages in Comoros

Comorian, Arabic and French are the official languages ​​in the Comoros. Comorian is closely related to Swahili, a language that is widely spoken in East Africa. Comorian is spoken as a mother tongue by almost all residents. However, each island has its own dialect : on the island of Anjouan, for example, the dialect Shindzuani is spoken and on Grande Comore the dialect Shingadzija is spoken. Comorian is mostly written in Arabic script. But you can also write it with Latin letters (these are the ones you are reading right now).

Many Comorans learn Arabic when they study the Koran. However, the language of instruction in schools is French, a legacy from the colonial days.

Religions in Comoros

Most of them are of the Muslim faith and have a Sunni orientation. 99 out of 100 residents are Muslims. Only one in 100 adheres to Christianity.